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|According to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) audit of June 30, 2015 (Note 9, Commitments, Contingencies and Risks, Litigation):|
"AWF is a co-defendant in an action brought by a group of individuals that claim ownership through adverse possession of a private parcel of land purchased for conservation purposes by AWF in fiscal year 2009. The seller of the land is a co-defendant in the suit, as is the Kenya Wildlife Service, who manages the land on behalf of the Government of Kenya who received the land as a gift from AWF in November 2011. All of the evidence in the case has been provided and all witnesses heard. A parliamentary report was issued on this matter and concluded that the case is without merit. All of the evidence has been heard; however, the plaintiffs continue to delay the matter. The matter was also delayed due to the judge presiding over the case being relocated. AWF petitioned to have the judge finalize the case despite his relocation, given he has heard all of the testimony. This was declined, a new judge was assigned to the case and AWF has pushed for conclusion. Due to Kenyan court procedures, which are delayed, it is likely that the case may not be decided until 2016. AWF has consulted widely with external counsel and believes the case will be dismissed. Should the case be decided in favor of the plaintiffs, a full refund of the purchase price ($4,083,583) will be due to AWF from the seller."